Kyabram Free Press

Ashley picks up the shears

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Not too many shearers start their careers as 12-year-olds, but Finley’s Ashley Hines is an exception.

He has just put in his first day in the backbreaki­ng profession alongside his father, Keith, a shearer for 18 years who has been mentoring Ashley for several years for this day.

Ashley, who has always wanted to be like his father, shore 30 sheep and crutched a further 60, a good day’s work for someone so young. which is

Ashley now has his sights set on reaching another milestone — shearing 100 sheep in a day. And you won’t get too many betting he can’t achieve it.

Search for Mathoura man

It’s been six years since Ian Gray walked out of his home on a Bunnaloo Rd, Mathoura, farm and climbed into his Holden Rodeo 4WD — never to be heard from or seen again.

Officers attached to the Murray River Police District have reopened an investigat­ion into his disappeara­nce under Strike Force Kirkne.

His bank accounts have not been accessed since and anyone who may have some informatio­n about his disappeara­nce is urged to contact Deniliquin police on 5881 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

He was 66 years old at the time of his disappeara­nce.

Top dollar for students’ steer

You don’t normally associate a high school with breaking a record at the local saleyards but that’s what happened at Finely.

A 440kg steer bred and raised by Finley High School students under its agricultur­al science program sold for 600 cents per kg.berrigan butcher Evan Spencer snapped it up for the record price.

The steer was heading for the Melbourne Show but with its cancellati­on it went to the local saleyards where Berrigan butcher Evan Spencer snapped it up for the record price.

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